Money, Lies & Testicles: "NUTS!" is John Brinkley's True American Story

In 1917, almost 90 years before Viagra became a billion dollar mainstream business, one Kansas doctor believed that he could cure impotence by transplanting goat testicles into men. Yes, you read that correctly. Go ahead, take a moment to let it sink in.

During Depression-era America, John Romulus Brinkley transplanted thousands of goat testicles into willing patients, amassed an enormous fortune, was (sort of) elected Governor of Kansas, invented the infomercial, and built the world’s most powerful radio station, all while generally annoying the hell out of The Establishment.

I started dreaming up a film about John Brinkley in 2009, after coming across the book Charlatan in my local public library. In conversations with friends I would mention this guy who transplanted goat testicles into men to cure impotence. And a lot of people would ask me, “Well, did it work?” Well… no, of course it didn’t. But I began to think about how much people want to believe in miracle cures. The weirder the better, really.
— Penny Lane, director

Borrowing a page from Brinkley, filmmaker Penny Lane (OUR NIXON) masterfully charms us into believing the unbelievable, building our trust and excitement, until the final chapter bares the painful truth and reveals the doctor for what he truly was (I won’t spoil it here).

I believe that more than any other single human quality, it is our love of great stories that makes us so endlessly susceptible to being conned. We believe the stories we want or need to believe, and we believe anyone who tells them to us. Con men know this. So do politicians, propagandists, pitchmen, cult leaders, televangelists, pick up artists and manipulators of all kinds – including documentary filmmakers.
— Penny Lane, director

Today, Cartuna globally releases the deluxe edition of NUTS! on BitTorrent, which includes the Sundance Award winning documentary, an exclusive archive of Brinkley’s XERA recordings, a collection of Brinkley’s infomercials and home videos, original prints of Brinkley propaganda materials and FCC complaints against Doctor John Brinkley.


Charlatan or true believer, entrepreneur or opportunist, NUTS! is the story of a true American dreamer.


NUTS! -Trailer.mp4

Dr. John Brinkley Special Patient Address.mp4

Sundance Meet the Artist 2016 - Penny Lane.mp4

Buy - Pay What You Want

NUTS! - Feature Film.mp4

Archival Footage - Dr. Brinkley Homevideo.mp4

Infomercial - Gland Transplanting.mp4

Archival Footage- Vacation Part 1.mp4

Archival Footage- Vacation Part 2.mp4

FCC Complaints about Doctor John

Dr. John Brinkley XERA

Shadows and Sunshine - PDF book by Doctor John